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LBCC Faculty Association endorses Herlinda Chico, Richard Gaylord in trustee race

PUBLISHED: September 22, 2020 at 2:45 p.m. | UPDATED: September 22, 2020 at 2:46 p.m.

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Two candidates vying for the same Long Beach Community College District seat share an endorsement.

Richard Gaylord and Herlinda Chico, two of the three candidates for the Long Beach Community College District’s Trustee Area 4 seat, have both received the endorsement of City College’s Faculty Association.

Gaylord, Chico and Pierce College professor Lee Loveridge are vying to replace Doug Otto on the Board of Trustees during the Nov. 3 election. Otto won a seat on the Long Beach Unified School District’s Board of Education during the statewide primary in March.

The Long Beach City College Faculty Association, which represents more than 300 full-time faculty members, announced the dual endorsements on Monday, Sept. 21.

“It was a rare situation where the faculty felt both candidates were equally strong and will do an excellent job for the College District, our students, the faculty, and our community,” Damon Skinner, political action committee chair for the Faculty Association, said in a Monday statement. “Both are exemplary.”

Gaylord has served as chair of Long Beach’s Civil Service Commission and the Planning Commission. Chico is a field deputy for L.A. County Supervisor Janice Hahn.

Chico has already garnered a large list of endorsements, including from Anthony Rendon, the Democratic speaker of the state Assembly; Hahn, whose district includes Long Beach; state Sen. Lena Gonzalez, D-Long Beach; and Mayor Robert Garcia.

Gaylord also has a growing list of endorsements, including the Long Beach City College Faculty Union, Fourth District City Councilmember Daryl Supernaw, Third District Councilmember Suzie Prize and former Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe.

“We are hopeful that whichever one is successful in November,” Skinner said in his statement, “that they will follow through on their strong commitment to work with us to once again restore a professional and collegial atmosphere amongst our Board of Trustee members and to help effectively serve our students and faculty by importantly prioritizing diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus.”

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